Health Tips

Staying Active On A Busy Schedule

When it feels like you have a million things going on, exercise can often be the last thing on your mind. Staying active on a busy schedule is no easy task, but there are ways to get moving that won’t obstruct your daily routine.

1. Take the stairs

Instead of using the elevator, taking the stairs every day at work or school can help you burn calories and build muscle. It may not seem like you’re getting a lot of exercise, but little changes like this can really make a big difference when practiced regularly.

2. Take walks throughout the day

Adding short walks into your day has many health benefits. Not only does it help get your blood circulating and burn calories, but it can also help with stress relief. Instead of eating at your desk, take your lunch outside and fit in a walk before or after your meal. And if you live near shops, do your noontime errands by foot.

3. Workout early in the morning

If your daily schedule doesn’t leave time for the gym, consider waking up an hour earlier. It may take some time to adjust, but it will definitely pay off when you begin feeling healthier and more energized throughout the day.  Even going for a quick 30-minute run or jog in the morning is a great way to begin your day.

4. Fit micro-workouts into your favorite activities

You don’t have to give up that TV show you love to be healthy. The average length of a commercial break is four minutes – that’s plenty of time to get in some push-ups, jumping jacks and crunches before your show comes back on. Fitting micro-workouts into your favorite activities gets your heart rate up.

2020 is the year to leave your excuses behind. With these tips, you can continue with your daily routine while staying healthy. It’s all about trying out different things and seeing what works best for you.

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